Matthew 9:32-34, “While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, ‘Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.’ But the Pharisees said, ‘It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.’” (NIV)
Through the faith of others, a person unable to speak was brought to Jesus. Because of a demon spirit, this person could not speak. Jesus was moved with compassion for the people He met. He saw their needs and brought them healing and help.
Christ brings healing by dealing with the root of the problem, and in the process, removes the effect of it. In this case, by casting out demons, the man was able to speak again. At the Missional Food Pantry trainings, we train volunteers in how to uncover the deeper needs of people so we can help them become more self-sustained.
In the story above, Jesus gave a voice to those who could not speak. In our society, there are people who are unable to speak for themselves due to physical complications, mental disabilities, or traumatic experiences in the past. Are there people in your life who need someone to speak for them – to be a voice for them?
For FHL Week 2018 (July 22-28), many people are signing up to be a voice for the hungry, to bring awareness that hunger is real in our neighborhoods and to find the root causes of hunger while giving food to those in need. Visit Beyond This Hunger to find out more about this initiative.
Later in the story, while the crowd was still marveling at the miracle that they just witnessed, the Pharisees were saying that it couldn’t have been God’s work. I think Jesus is saying to just do it; don’t overanalyze things, you could be a miracle for others.
Lastly in the story, Matthew 9:37, Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” (NIV). This may be a common phrase now for the Christian community, but it is still true in our society today. There is no shortage of work to do. There is also no limit to the possible fruit that we can harvest and to the people we can help in many ways. One way to help is to provide a voice to those who cannot speak – a voice for the hungry.